Heather Small, Gabrielle and more announced for Hardwick Hall's socially distanced festival

Ready for some socially distanced festival fun?

Monday, 27th July 2020, 10:32 am
Updated Monday, 27th July 2020, 10:33 am
Heather Small will perform

The usual summer of festivals and events can’t take place this year due to the pandemic, but Hardwick Hall Hotel, near Sedgefield in County Durham has revealed plans to host a full Outdoor Summer Sessions programme on certain days between August 21 and September 13.

And it means anyone who has missed their favourite festivals and performers because of COVID-19 can now get their music fix – in a unique socially distanced way.

How will it work?

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The hotel has put together a whole programme of family friendly events where attendees will be able to book a social distanced booth for up to six people.

The announcement about the events has been made following weeks of working on a detailed plan to ensure that all attendees are kept safe.

Measures put in place include a strict one way system, limited access around the site, food and drink delivered directly after being ordered via a special app, multiple hand sanitisation stations, staggered arrival and departure times to maintain distancing and designated toilets areas.

The hotel is also working closely with professional cleaning organisations to ensure the entire site is decontaminated after each event.

Who is on?

The sessions will include performances by singers including Heather Small, Gabrielle, George Michael tribute act Rob Lamberti and a whole host of big name DJs, meaning that music fans can still enjoy the experience of an outdoor show.

And the programme also includes the return of the much-loved Oyster Festival in a new format.

The hotel – which every years hosts the hugely successful Hardwick Live event – is using its grounds overlooking Hardwick Country Park lake – to stage a number of events, with lots of options for people to enjoy a true festival feeling, in a number of socially distanced ways.

Options for attendees including booking a picnic bench complete with its own umbrella for up to six people, with a number of private dining pods available for anyone wanting to enjoy the experience in style.

And the hotel is even offering its own double-decker bus with an upper deck which can also be booked privately for a group.

The sessions kick off on Friday, August 21 with two of the UK’s top tribute bands – Coldplay UK and The Jam’d.

The following night Heather Small – the voice of M People – will be live in concert along with DJs Norman Jay and Graeme Park, while Sunday, August 23 will be a fund-raising event with a ladies day in aid of the Angel Trust.

The hotel has also organised two kids’ festival events – one on Monday, August 24 which will be an Ariana Grande tribute act and on Thursday, August 27 which will feature Diva Mix.

Friday, August 28 will be time to singalong to the Kroud Karaoke Night, while the following evening George Michael tribute act Rob Lamberti who will host Club Tropicana along with DJ Murray Mint.

The Manor Born Garden Party is planned for August 30, with performances by Alison Limerick and DJs Jeremy Healy, Danny Rampling, Michael Johnson and Tony Hutchinson.

The following day Disney turns up at the hotel for two special Bank Holiday Monday events with Fairytale, taking place at 11am and then again at 3pm.

Top singer Gabrielle will be live in concert on Friday, September 4, with a complete change of pace the following day with the Angel Trust’s Drag Race Bingo.

Then on Sunday, September 6, visitors can enjoy a Proms in the Park afternoon tea.

On September 11 the hotel will also host its annual Oyster Festival again in private booths, with performances by Boyzlife, Emerald Thieves and Crackpot.

The sessions will end on September 13 with an event in aid of the Red Sky Foundation, the Red Sky White Party which will feature DJs Brandon Block and Storm.

John Adamson, owner of Hardwick Hall, believes the events programme will be widely welcomed.

“Everyone has felt the loss of not being to enjoy any live entertainment for the past four months and been disappointed that major festivals have been cancelled,” he said.

“We’ve worked really hard to put together a fantastic programme of events with someone for everyone and at really reasonable prices.

“At the same time we have put in place a detailed plan to ensure that social distancing is maintained and that these events are taking place in a safe environment.”

Tickets for all the events – which vary in price - go on sale on Thursday July 23. For further information/tickets prices or to book go to www.hardwickhallhotel.co.uk

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